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"The aim of education is to teach us how to think, not what to think."
--- Fortune Cookie

"Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere,
diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies.
"
--- Groucho Marx

"A government big enough to give you everything you want
is strong enough to take everything you have."

--- Thomas Jefferson

"Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch.
Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote"

--- Benjamin Franklin

"It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it."
--- Upton Sinclair

"If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert,
in five years there'd be a shortage of sand."

--- Milton Friedman

"Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy; its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery."
--- Winston Churchill

"I contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle."
--- Winston Churchill

"Financially stupid people are America's most toxic asset."
--- Jason Kelly

"Charity is injurious unless it helps the recipient to become independent of it."
--- John D. Rockefeller

"Any man who thinks he can be happy and prosperous by letting the Government take care of him, better take a closer look at the American Indian."
--- Henry Ford

"Government is the great fiction through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else."
--- Fredrick Bastiat, 1848

"The problems we face today are there because the people who work for a living are now outnumbered by those who vote for a living."
--- Author = "Anonymous"?

"The first lesson of economics is scarcity: There is never enough of anything to satisfy all those who want it.
The first lesson of politics is to disregard the first lesson of economics."
--- Thomas Sowell

"Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably the reason why so few engage in it."
--- Henry Ford ."

"Politics is the gentle art of getting votes from the poor and campaign funds from the rich, by promising to protect each from the other.
--- Oscar Ameringer,
"The Mark Twain
of American Socialism."

"The urge to save humanity is almost always a false-face for the urge to rule it."
--- H.L. Mencken.

"We are fast approaching the stage of ultimate inversion: the stage where the government is free to do anything it pleases, while the citizens may act only by permission."
--- Ayn Rand

"I am for the separation of state and economics.  Just as we have separation of state and church."
--- Ayn Rand

"A few years ago, I asked a young biology professor how she chose her field of study.
She told me "I started out in Environmental Science and quickly realized there was no 'science' involved."

--- Part of a comment on an article at PowerlineBlog.com

"It is amazing that people who think we cannot afford to pay for doctors, hospitals, and medication somehow think that we can afford to pay for doctors, hospitals, medication and a government bureaucracy to administer it.""
--- Thomas Sowell

"What most people really object to when they object to a free market is that it is so hard for them to shape it to their own will.

The market gives people what the people want instead of what other people think they ought to want.

At the bottom of many criticisms of the market economy is really lack of belief in freedom itself."
--- Milton Friedman, Wall Street Journal, May 18, 1961
--- "Monty Crisco" 9.21.2015, https://reason.com/blog/

"And here's a source for more!

"The urge to save humanity is always a false front for the urge to rule it."
--- H. L. Mencken

Some say that there is no difference between government and the Mafia...
This is not true; because the Mafia is much smaller and turns a profit.

--- Unknown

"It's TRUE... We CAN control the weather."
 
--- Click Here for Details!

"In a bid to stem taxpayer losses for bad loans guaranteed by federal housing agencies Fanny Mae and Freddy Mac, Senator Bob Corker (R-TN.) proposed that borrowers be required to make a 5% down payment in order to qualify for a loan.
His proposal was rejected 57-42 on a straight party-line vote because,
as Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT) explained,
"Passage of such a requirement would restrict home ownership to only those who can afford it."
[Actual Dodd Quote: "...that it would have disadvantaged home buyers who had good credit and solid incomes but lacked the cash to make required down payments."... Read more at Snopes.com]

Gee, isn't that pretty much the same thing????

"People never lie so much as after a hunt, during a war or before an election."
--- Otto von Bismarck

"Capitalism has been called a system of greed --- yet it is the system that raised the standard of living of its poorest citizens to heights no collectivist system has ever begun to equal, and no tribal gang can conceive of."
--- Ayn Rand

Here's a GREAT question ...

We are always hearing about how Social Security is going to run out of money.
How come we never hear about Welfare running out of money??

--- Unknown

"Do not make the mistake of the ignorant who think that an individualist is a man who says: "I'll do as I please at everybody else's expense."
 
An individualist is a man who recognizes the inalienable individual rights of man-his own and those of others."

--- Ayn Rand

"If we got one-tenth of what was promised to us in these State of the Union speeches, there wouldn't be any inducement to go to heaven."
--- Will Rogers

"...every job created or funded by government eliminates two jobs in the private economy.."
--- John Layden, 12.2013

"Political tags --- such as royalist, communist, democrat, populist, fascist, liberal, conservative, and so forth --- are never basic criteria.

The human race divides politically into two basic groups:
those who want people to be controlled and
those who have no such desire.

The former are idealists acting from highest motives
for the greatest good of the greatest number.

The latter are surly curmudgeons, suspicious and lacking in altruism,
but they are more comfortable neighbors than the other sort."
--- Robert Anson Heinlein's character, Lazarus Long

"As democracy is perfected, the office of the President represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day, the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last and the White House will be occupied by a downright fool and complete narcissistic moron."
--- H. L Mencken, July 26, 1920

Well, guess what, kids?
It looks that day has already arrived!!

    "We are advised to NOT judge ALL Muslims by the actions of a few lunatics, but we are encouraged to judge ALL gun owners by the actions of a few lunatics.
--- Author/Source?

Department of Social Services (welfare payments ) is proud to be distributing this year the greatest amount of free money ever ...

Meanwhile, the National Forest Service asks us "Please Do Not Feed the Animals."
The stated reason for this policy is because "The animals will grow dependent on handouts and will not learn to take care of themselves."

--- Unknown?

Politicians are people who, when they see light at the end of the tunnel, go out and buy some more tunnel.
--- John Quinton,
American actor/writer

"Democracy is the means by which those who adore authority and crave the security of servitude can use their superior numbers to enslave those who wish to be free".
--- Author/Source?

"Let me see if I have this right: liberals believe cops are racist murderers; liberals believe only cops should have guns . . . ?"
--- DrZarkov99,
posted on Galt's Gulch

When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them,

and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for,

...that is the beginning of the end of a nation.
--- Anonymous?

A "Liberal Paradise" would be a place where everybody has guaranteed employment, free comprehensive health care, free education, free food, free housing, free clothing, free utilities, and only Law Enforcement has guns.

And believe it or not, such a place does indeed exist ... It's called PRISON.
--- Sheriff Joe Arpaio

"The smallest minority on earth is the individual.
Those who deny individual rights
cannot claim to be defenders of minorities."
--- Ayn Rand

"We cannot expect the Americans to jump from capitalism to Communism,
but we can assist their elected leaders in giving Americans small doses of socialism
until they suddenly awake to find they have Communism."
--- Nikita Khrushchev, 1959

"I predict future happiness for Americans, if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretence of taking care of them."?
---Thomas Jefferson
"Politicians can't give us anything without depriving us of something else. Government is not a god. Every dime they spend must first be taken from someone else."
--- Gary Asmus

"The people of the various provinces are strictly forbidden to have in their possession any swords, bows, spears, firearms or other types of arms.

The possession of these elements makes difficult the collection of taxes and dues, and tends to permit uprising."

--- Toyotomi Hideyoshi, Japanese Shogun, 1558

"There are but two ways of forming an opinion in science. One is the scientific method; the other, the scholastic. One can judge from experiment, or one can blindly accept authority.

To the scientific mind, experimental proof is all-important, and theory is merely a convenience in description, to be junked when it no longer fits.

To the academic mind, authority is everything, and facts are junked when they do not fit theory laid down by authority".

--- Robert Anson Heinlein, Astounding Science Fiction V.23 #6 Aug. 1939; "Life-Line"

"There has grown in the minds of certain groups in this country the idea that just because a man or corporation has made a profit out of the public for a number of years, the government and the courts are charged with guaranteeing such a profit in the future, even in the face of changing circumstances and contrary to public interest.

This strange doctrine is supported by neither statute or common law. Neither corporations or individuals have the right to come into court and ask that the clock of history be stopped, or turned back."

--- Robert A. Heinlein, Astounding Science Fiction V.23 #6 Aug. 1939; "Life-Line"

"Throughout history, poverty is the normal condition of man. Advances which permit this norm to be exceeded --- here and there, now and then --- are the work of an extremely small minority, frequently despised, often condemned, and almost always opposed by all right-thinking people.

Whenever this tiny minority is kept from creating, or (as sometimes happens) is driven out of a society, the people then slip back into abject poverty. This is known as 'bad luck.' "

--- Robert A. Heinlein, Time Enough for Love

"I have little interest in streamlining government or in making it more efficient, for I mean to reduce its size. I do not undertake to promote welfare, for I propose to extend freedom. My aim is not to pass laws, but to repeal them. It is not to inaugurate new programs, but to cancel old ones that do violence to the Constitution, or that have failed their purpose, or that impose on the people an unwarranted financial burden. I will not attempt to discover whether legislation is "needed" before I have first determined whether it is constitutionally permissible. And if I should later be attacked for neglecting my constituents' "interests," I shall reply that I was informed that their main interest is liberty and that in that cause I am doing the very best I can." -- 1960

"My faith in the future rests squarely on the belief that man, if he doesn't first destroy himself, will find new answers in the universe, new technologies, new disciplines, which will contribute to a vastly different and better world in the twenty-first century. Recalling what has happened in my short lifetime in the fields of communication and transportation and the life sciences, I marvel at the pessimists who tell us that we have reached the end of our productive capacity, who project a future of primarily dividing up what we now have and making do with less. To my mind the single essential element on which all discoveries will be dependent is human freedom." -- 1979

--- Barry Goldwater, Presidential Candidate

The North Korea, Syria,
Venezuela, Sudan, Iraq,
Iran, Russia
and Turkey's Erdogan:
"Failed Government"
Memorial Quotation:

"Violence is an admission that one's ideas and goals cannot prevail on their own merits."
--- Edward M. Kennedy

"All great democracies have committed financial suicide somewhere between 200 and 250 years after being founded. The reason? The voters figured out they could vote themselves money from the treasury by electing people who promised to give them money from the treasury in exchange for electing them.

"The United States officially became a Republic in 1776, nearly 239 years ago. The number of people now getting free stuff outnumbers the people paying for the free stuff."

--- Can you see this, or are you just blind or stupid?

"I could end the deficit in 5 minutes. You just pass a law that says that anytime there is a deficit of more than 3% of GDP all sitting members of congress are ineligible for reelection."
--- Warren Buffett

"There is no distinctly native American criminal class except Congress."
--- Mark Twain

"The budget should be balanced, the Treasury should be refilled, public debt should be reduced, the arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and controlled, and the assistance to foreign lands should be curtailed lest Rome become bankrupt. People must again learn to work, instead of living on public assistance."
--- Taylor Caldwell, 1965

"Fathom the hypocrisy of a Government that requires every citizen to prove they are insured...but not everyone must prove they are a citizen."

Now add this:

"Many of those who refuse, or are unable, to prove they are citizens will receive free insurance paid for by those who are forced to buy insurance because they are citizens."

"Every time Congress makes a joke, it's a law ... and every time they make a law, it's a joke."
--- Will Rogers

"The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money."
--- Margaret Thatcher

"There is one and only one social responsibility of business--to use its resources and engage in activities designed to increase its profits so long as it stays within the rules of the game, which is to say, engages in open and free competition without deception or fraud."
--- Milton Friedman, 1970

"There is no opinion, however absurd, which men will not readily embrace as soon as they can be brought to the conviction that it is generally adopted."
--- Schopenhauer

"When is it legal for a group of people to do something that is illegal for one person to do?"
Answer me that question, and I'll already know where you stand on many other issues....

--- Tom Skelton, 2003

"Oil is a commodity.
Saying oil companies control the price of oil is like saying farmers control the price of wheat."

--- Rick Miller

"Laissez-Faire capitalism is the only social system based on the recognition of individual rights and, therefore, the only system that bans force from social relationships.

By the nature of its basic principles and interests, it is the only system fundamentally opposed to war."
--- Ayn Rand

"Teach a man to fish and he'll still vote for the guy that gives him a fish."
--- Anonymous?

"If guns were illegal, no one would get shot.
....Sort of like how no one can buy drugs, right? "

--- Anonymous?

"Facts, to a progressive or liberal, are like water on a duck's back."
--- Melanie F.

"Economics is the science of explaining why your predictions were wrong."
--- Anonymous?

"Orwell and Rand thought they were writing cautionary tales. Little did we know that our "betters" would adopt them as instruction manuals."
--- John Layden